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The Hunt The Hardest Challenge
Awake The life of Yogananda
Frozen Planet: Autumn
Dawn Of Humanity
Once Upon a Time
Easy Listening
That Sugar Film
Flight of the Butterflies
Romans
One Life on the Limit
The Making of an Emperor
Annapurna to Everest
Congo
Harmony of the Worlds
Let there be Life
Beyond Thinking
The Lost Tribes of Humanity
The Vikings Uncovered
The Language of Science
CTRL
The End of the Universe
Courtship
Archimedes Secret
In The Sign Of The Cross
Ghosts of the Abyss
Age of Empire
Is your Brain Male or Female
Dinosaurs Alive
The Gatekeepers
1945 The Savage Peace
The Southwest Islands
Cooked: Air
Hitler and the Occult
Kingdom of the Blue Whale
Our Voyage to the Stars
Earth, the Power of the Planet: Atmosphere

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Atlas Maps
Atlas Maps 2010

The Dutch Golden Age saw map-making reach a fever pitch of creative and commercial ambition. This was the era of the first ever Atlases - elaborate, lavish and beautiful. This was the great age of discovery and marked an unprecedented opportunity for mapmakers who sought to record and categorise the newly acquired knowledge of the world. Rising above the many mapmakers in this period was Gerard Mercator, inventor of the Mercator projection, who changed mapmaking forever when he published his collection of world maps in 1598 and coined the term 'Atlas'. The programme looks at some of the largest and most elaborate maps ever produced, from the vast maps on the floor of the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, to the 24 volume atlas covering just the Netherlands, to the largest Atlas in the world, The Klencke Atlas. It was made for Charles II to mark his restoration in 1660. But whilst being one of the British Libraries most important items, it is also one of its most fragile so hardly ever opened. This is a unique opportunity to see inside this enormous and lavish work, and see the world through the eyes of a King.

Category:History  Duration:28:49   Series: The Beauty of Maps

Rembrandt
Rembrandt 2006

Rembrandt's success in his early years was as a portrait painter to the rich denizens of Amsterdam at a time when the city was being transformed from a small nondescript port into the economic capital of the world. His historical and religious paintings also gave him wide acclaim. Despite being known as a portrait painter Rembrandt used his talent to push the boundaries of painting. This direction made him unpopular in the later years of his career as he shifted from being the talk of the town to becoming adrift in the Amsterdam art scene and criticised by his peers.

Category:Art  Duration:60:00   Series: Power of Art

 
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